These Miami restaurants are cooking Thanksgiving dinner so you don’t have to

Plenty of South Florida Thanksgiving options for those who don't cook. (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)
Plenty of South Florida Thanksgiving options for those who don't cook. (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS) TNS

If you prefer someone else do the cooking for Thanksgiving, check out these restaurant specials that range from simple to lavish.

1. Ariete

Chef Michael Beltran who is known for a menu of farmhouse cuisine with a Latin influence is serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It includes fried or smoked turkey, roasted ham and all the traditional sides. Simple dessert offerings of brownies, blondies and panettone close out the meal. A special holiday punch is available for $7 a glass. Nov. 23, 6-11 p.m., $55 per person.

3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, 305-640-5862

3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

2. Bird & Bone

Turkey Sandwich
This leftovers turkey sandwich is only available at Bird & Bone on Nov. 24. (Handout)

They’re doing something interesting here and taking all the Thanksgiving leftovers, putting them in a sandwich and serving this specialty for lunch only on Nov. 24. It’s $16.

4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-424-1234

4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

3. BLT Prime

Bring your appetite because this one’s billed as a lavish buffet-style feast. Roasted turkey, roast prime rib of beef, apple braised pork belly, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, pumpkin, apple ad pecan pie, are just some of the choices. Nov. 23, noon to 9 p.m., $98 for adults, $39 for kids ages 5-12.

Trump National Doral, 4400 NW 87 Ave., Miami, 305-591-6606

4400 NW 87 Ave., Miami, FL 33178

4. BLT Steak

Located inside the Iberostar Berkley Hotel on South Beach, they’re offering a three-course prix fixe menu with choices of pumpkin crab bisque with spiced croutons and pine nuts, turkey roulade, plus collard greens, mac ‘n cheese and corn bread served family style. Nov. 23, 3-6 p.m., $80

1610 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-0819

1610 Collns Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Byblos Miami

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Start thinking about that Miami Spice reservation at Byblos.

The Thanksgiving meal at Byblos comes with a Mediterranean twist. It includes Hamachi a jalapeno labneh, turkey porchetta with saffron brioche stuffing, duck kibbeh, seared cauliflower with traditional tahini sauce and a halva parfait for dessert. Chef Stuart Cameron’s meal is $65 per person with an additional $30 for the wine pairing.

1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-508-5041

1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

6. Diplomat Beach Resort

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Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, one of the hosts of “The Kitchen” on Food Network, and Executive Chef Jorge Negron are overseeing a huge Thanksgiving Brunch menu the Point Royal.  At $50 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under and with bottomless hard cider punch, juice or coffee it’s a fantastic deal. Raw bar, carved meats and fish, charcuterie and cheeses, salads, sides and desserts are all stations set up at the Diplomat Beach Resort’s restaurant.

Bristol’s Burgers, 954-602-8760; Point Royal 954-602-8750

3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL 33019

7. Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

Located inside the Palms Hotel & Spa you can dine al fresco on the terrace. There you can enjoy a dinner buffet with soup, salad and carving stations with turkey and ribeye or salmon for seafood lovers. A variety of sides and a dessert trio complete the meal. Nov. 23, $69 per person, $29 for kids 12 and under.

3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-908-5458.

3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

8. Faena Miami Beach

The walls of this elaborate bar at Faena Hotel have seen a lot of models like yourself, Mr. President.

The multi-entertainment hotel complex also features several restaurants and two are featuring Thanksgiving menus.

At Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann there’s fennel prepared three ways, a turkey salad and lamb slow roasted for seven hour and apple tatin for dessert.

At Pao by Paul Qui the menu includes a roasted squash salad, deep fried turkey or roasted pork shoulder and cashew pie for dessert.

Each spot also has an a la carte menu available. $95 per person.

3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-8800

3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

9. 15th & Vine


W Miami Brickell’s restaurant is serving up a Thanksgiving feast with a great view of the city and waterfront. Start with a red berries delight salad, turkey, ham or mahi mahi, a selection of family style vegetables and sides and choice of four pies for dessert. Nov. 23, noon to 8 p.m., $75 for adults, $35 for kids.

485 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-503-4400

485 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

10. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

With all the restaurants inside this iconic hotel, there are two with standout Thanksgiving specials.

At StripSteak by Michael Mina an elegant dinner awaits. Choose from butternut squash satellite or black truffle frisee salad to start, followed by a family style American turkey dinner with rosemary-roasted turkey breast and Beaujolais braised turkey legs with a variety of traditional sides then a unique chocolate pumpkin pie topped with crème fraiche ice cream. Nov. 23, 5-11 p.m. $75 per person.

At the more casual Vida it’s a buffet style meal with enough salads to satisfy any salad lover, a sushi and raw bar, shellfish and ceviche, charcuterie and cheeses, rotisserie with turkey, prime rib, grouper, short rib and ham. Sides, pizzas, grilled meats and pastries round out the menu. Nov. 23, 1-9 p.m., $59 for adults and $29.50 for kids ages 5-12.

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 800-548-8886

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

11. Forte dei Marmi

Chef Mellino is creating a three-course Thanksgiving brunch menu with a traditional antipasto bar, omelet, homemade pumpkin ravioli, oven baked stuffed turkey and dessert buffet. $75 per person.

150 Ocean Dr.., Miami Beach, 786-276-3095

150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Whether you eat early or later in the day the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort’s got you covered. Brunch, served 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., includes roasted turkey with all the traditional sides, prime rib, roasted Atlantic salmon and seafood options. ($65 per person, $40 for 12 and under.) It’s the same price for dinner but with a wider variety at the buffet.

505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-2222

505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

13. Icebox Cafe

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Roasted turkey with gravy at Icebox Cafe. (Handout)

At this South Beach spot you can choose to eat in or get your dinner to go. The to-go option serves 8-10 people and features a full Thanksgiving meal, including dessert for $325. If not, enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner special at the restaurant with turkey roulade, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, cornbread and a slice of pie. Nov. 23, 4-10 p.m., $48 per person.

1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8448.

1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. Jack's Miami

One of the newest additions to the Midtown/Wynwood area’s growing restaurant scene, they’re keeping it simple. Enjoy a cold antipasto platter, lasagna, turkey with cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Nov. 23, $39 per person.

2426 NE 2 Ave., Miami 305-640-5507

2426 NE 2 Ave., Miami, FL 33137

15. Kiki on the River

Enjoy a view of the river on Thanksgiving from Kiki on the River. (Chat Chow TV)

One of Miami’s most sought after reservations, grab a table here for a Thanksgiving meal including roasted or brined and marinated turkey, slow roasted pork belly and all the traditional Thanksgiving sides. The view of the river is unbeatable. Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m., $39.

450 NW North River Dr, Miami, 786-502-9244

450 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

16. Leynia at the Delano

Carne at Leynia Restaurant
Argentinian style meat at Leynia Restaurant at the Delano.

A bit of the Argentinian fusion seeps into Chef Jose Icardi’s menu with brie and spinach empanadas and a smoked ham topped with a chimichurri glaze or an orchard ham grilled Argentinian parillada style. The rest of the menu includes turkey, smoked sweet potatoes and poached pear tart. $75 per person with an optional $35 sommelier wine pairing.

1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-674-5752

1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

17. Margaritaville Restaurant

You won’t be wasting away but you’ll feel Jimmy Buffet’s presence everywhere. For Thanksgiving they’ll be serving a three-course meal with a butternut squash bisque, cider-brined turkey with all the traditional sides and pumpkin pie for dessert. Nov. 23, noon to 8 p.m., $48 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and under.

1111 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, 954-874-4444

1111 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

18. Meraki Greek Bistro

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Greek style Thanksgiving at Meraki Greek Bistro in Downtown Miami. (Handout)

Give Turkey Day a Greek twist at this downtown spot that recently introduced an upstairs lounge. Their choices include a Greek honey glazed ham, a turkey stuffed with ground beef, nuts and raisins or a roasted beef roll, all unique non-traditional options. Sides include a pumpkin puree and a variety of salads.

142 SE 1 Ave., Miami 786-773-1535

142 SE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33131

19. The Miami Beach EDITION

The Thanksgiving specials at the Miami Beach EDITION’s classic restaurant Matador Room include a roasted pumpkin soup for $9 and for $28 roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing, chipotle gravy and cranberry salsa.

At Market there’s a four-course meal with choice of one appetizer and entree, several family style sides and a choice of one dessert. Adults $55, kids $30.

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 786-257-4500

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

20. Nautilus Cabana Club

The traditional Thanksgiving buffet at the Nautilus South Beach includes Mediterranean-style dishes including orzo and sundried tomato salad, mezee and antipasto plus a carving and dessert station. Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., $55 per person.

1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-503-5700

1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

21. Neomi's Grill

Want a little live jazz with your turkey day brunch? Neomi’s Grill is where you can hear Eduardo Quintana play and feast on a buffet curated by Executive Chef Kurtis Jantz. Besides the traditional fare the menu also includes lobster benedict, Guinness beef bourguignon and baked cavatelli. Menu’s available 12:30-4 p.m. at $55 for adults and $25 for kids. Kids four and under eat free.

18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-692-5770

18001 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

22. Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

Kitchen 305’s brunchin’ buffet includes carving stations, a cold salad buffet, soups, a variety of sides and desserts. Nov. 23 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $45 for adults, $25 for kids ages 6-12.

Beach Bar by the pier has a traditional turkey meal with turkey, sides and desserts. $24.95

16701 Collins Ave., Miami 305-949-1300

16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

23. Nikki Beach

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Spend Thanksgiving at this classic beachfront location with a special a la carte menu. Choose from roasted turkey, glazed ham or turkey rolls for your entrée and mashed or sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mac ‘n cheese and more as your sides. And for dessert, apple, sweet potato or pumpkin pie. Nov. 23, noon to 6 p.m., entrees $18, sides $6 and desserts $5 each.

One Ocean Dr., Miami Beach 305-538-1111

One Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

24. Pullman Miami Hotel

Billed as one of the most affordable Thanksgiving dinners in Miami it includes roasted turkey, purple mashed potatoes, with gravy and steamed vegetables. Nov. 23, $25 per person.

5800 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami, 305-264-4888

5800 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami, FL 33126

25. Quinto La Huella

Located inside EAST Miami, the Thanksgiving feast here will include grilled items from their parrillada along with turkey, stuffing, salads and wood oven roasted vegetables. Nov. 23, noon to 6 p.m. $75 per person.

788 Brickell Plaza, Miami 786-805-4646

888 Brickell Plaza, Miami, Florida 33131

26. Rusty Pelican

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The Rusty Pelican view at dusk. (Handout) Michael Pisarri

The view is one of the best in the city and their Thanksgiving buffet is abundant. Their brunch includes a raw bar with sushi and ceviche, garlic crusted prime rib, fried chicken and waffles, roasted turkey, chipotle honey ham and plenty of sides and mini desserts to complete the meal. Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $85, $35 for kids. Or choose the pre-set dinner menu served 6-8:30 p.m. for $70.

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne 305-361-3818.

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne, FL 33149

27. Seaspice

Seaspice Miami
Seaspice Restaurant, located on the Miami River, is a chic dockside dining locale.

The “it” spot where arriving by boat is a popular mode of transportation, is serving up a Thanksgiving a la carte menu. Turkey roulade, sweet potato mousse, autumn soup and Fall harvest salad. A la carte.

422 NW North River Dr, Miami, 305-440-4200

422 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

28. Smith & Wollensky

One of Miami Beach’s longest standing restaurants with an amazing waterfront view and a luscious Thanksgiving menu. Pumpkin soup is followed by a chopped salad, herb roasted turkey breast, various sides and choice of one of three desserts. Nov. 23, $55 for adults, $25 for children under 12.

1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-673-2800

1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

29. Sonesta Hotels

At the Coconut Grove’s Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge feast on a la carte options like roasted turkey, pumpkin soup, sweet potato and cauliflower salad and one of several slices of pie. Then at the Fort Lauderdale Beach location it’s potato leek soup, apple-brined turkey and a variety of desserts. Here, parties six or larger receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco.

Coconut Grove: 2889 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133, 305-529-2828

Fort Lauderdale: 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954-315-1460

3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne, FL 33149

30. Tamara Bistro


Located inside the National Hotel the restaurant has a three-course Holiday Temptation Menu. Soup or salad is the first course, followed by a turkey entrée with stuffing and other sides and a choice of dessert. Nov. 23, 5-10 p.m., $39 per person.

1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-2311

1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

31. The Anderson Bar

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Pull up a stool at The Anderson for pre-Thanksgiving cocktails (Handout)

Maybe you want to enjoy pre-Thanksgiving cocktails  and bites at one of Miami’s coolest bars. Providing some of their best appetizers to nosh on are spots like Beaker & Gray, Lutum, Pinch, Cake Thai, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Makoto and Alter. The Anderson serves up the cocktails and live music. Nov. 20, 6-9 p.m. $50 per person.

709 NE 79th St, Miami, 305-757-3368

709 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138

32. Vagabond Kitchen & Bar

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Inside the MiMo charmer the Vagabond Hotel there’s a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and fresh gravy, whipped sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts and pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie for dessert. Nov. 23, $45 per person.

7301-A Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-409-5635

7301-A Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

33. Veza Sur Brewing Co.

Enjoy a friendsgiving barbecue at Wynwood’s newest brewery where the Pubbelly Boys are making the family style meal. Their Baja Bao truck parked in the patio and they’ll be making beer-brined turkey (using Veza’s beer of course), stuffing made with Cuban bread, yuca with mojo and grab a $7 Double IPA, one of Veza’s newest brews. Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

55 NW 25th St, Miami 786-362-6300

55 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

34. Villa Azur


They’ve got a weekly Mediterranean style Thursday dinner party and on Thanksgiving night they’re serving a roasted turkey with spinach stuffed legs, slow roasted turkey breast, stuffing with dirty gravy and cranberry sauce. Nov. 23, $38.

309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 305-763-8688

309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

35. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

The southern comfort style food served here continues to make this one of South Beach’s most popular spots. Their farm-to-table Thanksgiving menu includes parsnip potato soup, Yardbird turkey plate with sweet potato casserole and biscuit stuffing and bourbon pecan pie for dessert. Available now, prices range from $16-$25.

7301-A Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-409-5635

7301-A Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

36. Zucca

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162 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables, 786-580-3731

162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134